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What KY National Parks has planned for NPS 106th Anniversary

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Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest known cave system on the planet, at over 400 miles. You can visit to celebrate the 106th anniversary of the National Park Service on Thursday.

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Thursday marks the 106th anniversary of the National Park Service, and it invites park visitors across the country to join in the celebration by submitting their favorite photos, videos and other creations capturing America’s wonderful wilderness.

Created on August 25, 1916, the NPS was the result of the country’s first conservation movement.

Its mission, codified by “Organic Law” and signed by then-President Woodrow Wilson, is to conserve the landscapes, wildlife, and historic treasures of the American wilderness, leaving them “untouched for the enjoyment of future generations “.

Today, the NPS manages more than 400 sites in all 50 US states and territories, representing more than 84 million acres in total.

National Parks to Explore in Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park

Stretching over 400 miles, Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world, but it also has a lot to offer above ground.

You can spend a day kayaking on the Green River and stop for a picnic on a sandbar. There are hiking trails that wind through green, forest-covered hills and take hikers past sinkholes or the mouth of Dixon Cave, which acts as a natural air conditioner on a hot day.

The park, which spans more than 52,000 acres, was first established on July 1, 1941, according to the US Department of the Interior. More than 2 million people visit the park each year.

Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln

Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky all claim the 16th U.S. president, but only the state of Bluegrass is home to Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, nestled in the Knobs region of the state.

This historic site is home to the nation’s first memorial to Lincoln.

Lincoln spent his early childhood years on his father’s Sinking Spring farm before moving to Indiana with his family when he was 7 years old. Visitors can peek into the flowing spring, a window into the cave system where the family got their water from, or admire the one-room log cabin in which they were born.

Cumberland Gap

First great gateway to the American West, here you can walk in the footsteps of bison herds, Aboriginal peoples, longhunters and pioneers. Three hundred thousand people crossed here as the first Americans advanced west. You can be in three states at once, visit the historic Hensley Settlement established in 1901, or descend into Gap Cave.

Trail of Tears Sites

The Trail of Tears runs through western Kentucky, with sites in Paducah and Hopkinsville.

Visitors are invited to remember the Cherokee people and many other Native Americans, who were forcibly removed from their homes in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to live in modern Oklahoma during the 19th century. .

The election of President Andrew Jackson in 1828 marked a shift in American policy toward Native Americans. As part of his plans for the United States, Jackson was determined to evict the remaining tribes from the east and relocate them to the west, according to an NPS history lesson plan.

Between the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and 1850, the U.S. government used forced treaties or U.S. military action to move approximately 100,000 Native Americans living east of the Mississippi River west of the current Oklahoma.

The Cherokee people were among the last. They traveled on foot, horseback, wagon or steamboat between 1838 and 1839. It is estimated that around 100,000 people were carried off and driven from their lands.

How to wish the National Park Service a happy birthday

This year, the NPS invites visitors to share awe-inspiring moments – what it calls “wow” moments – when visiting its parks.

To share a photo or video capturing one of those magical moments, the NPS is promoting the hashtags #NPSBirthday, #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. You can also email them to the NPS with the subject line “WOw 106”.

The park service asks visitors to ensure that video entries are no longer than one minute and are rotated horizontally. All submissions must be your original work, and NPS ratings submitting an entry mean that you consent to use your material.

“Once sent, we’ll compile your amazing digital experiences into a moment worthy of, well WOW!” the National Park Service said on its website.

Do you have a Kentucky recreation or history question for our duty journalism team? We would love to hear from you. Complete our Know Your Kentucky form or email [email protected]

Aaron Mudd is a duty reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader based in Lexington, Kentucky. He previously worked for the Bowling Green Daily News covering K-12 and higher education. Aaron has roots in Fayette, Marion, and Warren counties in Kentucky.
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